4 T-Shirt Printing Method: Which one suits your t-shirt the best?

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Statement shirts once boomed in the fashion world because they send the perfect message of how you are feeling and what you are thinking. It also creates a subtle impression amongst those who are able to see it and gives you a look in more ways than one, making a lasting impact among your peers. Now here comes a question: Which printing is the best for t shirt?

T-Shirt Printing Method

Firstly, let me introduce the various printing method that can be used on garments, corporate uniforms or class t-shirt.

1.Silk Screen Printing on T Shirt

Silk screen print t shirt by using a frame, where the logo was created, placed on the T-shirt and with the help of a scraper the colours are screened (one layer for each colour, up to a maximum of four colours). Whenever applying a layer with the frame ink, it is left to dry and then can be used for another application. Nowadays there are more and more companies that decide to opt for silk-screen printing for T- Shirt Printing, for the reason of lower costing and faster in production when huge amount of T-Shirt to be printed.

Example of silkscreen printing

2.Heat Transfer Printing

The heat transfer printing method applies custom designs to items like t-shirts and business shirts through a process that uses a combination of heat and pressure. With the vinyl heat transfer process, a machine is used to cut out designs and letters in pieces of colored vinyl. A heat press is then used to transfer each vinyl color of the design onto the object being printed. This printing method is especially popular among the retail boutique, such as soccer jersey boutique. This t-shirt printing method could be pricier than the others but it personalizes the logo or artwork you preferred, printed individually onto the garments precisely and it could be done within a day.

Example of heat transfer printing

3.Embroidery of logo 

Embroideryis the craftof decorating fabricor other materials using a needleto apply thread or yarn. Embroidery is especially stunning when you apply to a logo onto business shirts, presenting your organization logo in a slight 3D feel. This method is largely used by public as it comes in lower cost and it allowed up to 8 colours on threading at the same time. However, it took longer time to be complete. If you are not doing a rush t-shirt printing order, embroidery will be the best option for you when considering to have a logo on your t-shirt.

Example of embroidery logo.

4.Sublimation Print

Just imagine your t shirt as a paper, when you design an artwork by using a graphic software, and then the factory uses a big printer (a very huge one) to print the graphic onto the t shirt directly. The sublimation printing has no restriction on numbers of colour to be printed and the areas of printing. You may print as much colour on the whole t- shirt, in whatever way you would like it to be present when you wear it on your body. As the costing for the sublimation print is very high, organization often use this method only when they order a very large quantity, say 500pcs and above, to reduce the cost of t shirt printing for per piece.

Example of sublimation printing.

Which method should I choose for T-Shirt Printing?

When a printing method come to concern, let’s consider these three factor before proceed to t shirt-printing: order quantity, budget allocated and delivery date. 

  • Silk screen printing
  • Order quantity required: Preferably 50pcs and above
    Price range: low
    Lead time: approx. 1 week
  • Heat Transfer Printing
    Order quantity required: low, 1 pc
    Price range: high
    Lead time: short, 1 day
  • Embroidery of logo 
  • Order quantity required: Preferably 50pcs and above
    Price range: low
    Lead time: approx. 1.5 – 2 weeks
  • Sublimation Print
    Order quantity required: Large, preferably 500pcs and above
    Price range: high
    Lead time: approx. 4 weeks

By referring to the breakdown above, for e.g., if your order quantity is high, take 100pcs as example, not rushing to get the product but constrained by budget, you may opt for silkscreen printing and embroidery method. However, always allowed supplier to have at least 2-3 weeks of production lead time to complete a project as there is delivery and shipment lead time to be include as well.

If you are unsure of the which T-Shirt Printing method is right for you, you may consult Elegance Uniforms Pte Ltd at 6871 8738 or enquiry@cottonplanet.sgfor their professional service and consultation!

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